Creating happiness and fulfillment requires hard work. If it was easy, everyone would do it.
Everyone seems to want a shortcut to success. People wan’t to achieve their goals without pushing themselves and getting uncomfortable.
“Lose weight the easy way!”
“6 easy core exercises you can do at home!”
“Running is easy with this plan!”
“Try this recipe for an easy dinner for the whole family!”
If it was easy, everyone would do it…
The word “easy” is thrown around haphazardly, especially in the wellness field. As a Health Coach, my goal is to make things easier for my clients, but this doesn’t mean they are easy. I find myself replacing the word “easy” with “simple”.
A high intensity interval workout is a simple concept – short intense intervals followed by a recovery interval – but definitely not an easy workout! Chili may be a simple recipe, but preparing dinner for your family isn’t an easy thing to do, especially on top of a full time job!
Yet, we hear so often hundreds of “easy” tips to enhance your mood, your fitness, your diet, essentially your life. This leaves many people frustrated and upset when they can’t make these “easy tips” easily fit into their routine.
“If it was easy, everyone would do it”
…is a statement uttered, but not really considered when things are tough. Today, we are accustomed to quick and easy everything. If it’s an inconvenience, it’s unlikely to happen, and if there’s an easier way, we’ll take it.
But, when it comes to what really matters – family, friends, career, wellness, etc. – there are no shortcuts, no easy button. This is why it’s so impressive when someone makes a big life change!
Whether switching careers, ending a relationship, training for a marathon, or improving your eating habits, the steps you take may be simple in concept but tough to do. And that’s OK!
When I quit my job and followed my passion, I questioned if it was the right move. If I would be able to get clients, to write weekly posts, to learn the aspects of running a business.
But when I gave myself permission to be scared, when I recognized that these were the exact reasons many people never pursue a dream, things didn’t seem as daunting. I allowed it to be tough, and didn’t give into the fear of feeling uneasy.
I had a client come back after a few months break from getting married and work travel. About halfway through our workout she uttered, “This is tough! It’s so much harder than it should be!” I knew what she meant, she had built a great base when we last worked together, and after losing some fitness, this workout was more challenging than it would have been previously.
So I asked her, “Wouldn’t it be weird if today was easy?”. Getting back on track after a fitness slump is one of the hardest things to do. It’s why many people regain weight they’ve lost. If getting back into a fitness routine was easy, everyone would do it.
When you feel overwhelmed and defeated, repeat to yourself, “if this was easy, everyone would do it” and apply it specifically to your situation. When you feel something is tough, know that it’s not because you aren’t strong. Recognize that what you’re doing is hard, and you are a badass for forging ahead anyhow!